Johnston, Darren - The Edge of the Forest

Darren Johnston, trumpet / Ben Goldberg, clarinet / Sheldon Brown, tenor sax, bass clarinet / Devin Hoff, double bass / Smith Dobson V, drums / Rob Reich, accordion (track 2).

This is a utterly fantastic album that I was very interested in having come out on Cuneiform and the only reason that we didn't do it was because at the time we were speaking, Darren didn't currently have a performing group, which is the sort of stupid thing that I have to concern myself with when it comes to signing artists but NOT the sort of thing that the consumer/listener need to give a rat's ass about. This is an unbelievably fine work, filled with great tunes, great solos and great swing. Highly personally recommended!

"Down Beat Magazine listed Darren Johnston as one of the “25 Trumpeters of the Future”, but in the measure that he is bringing the future to the present. Canadian of origin, but one of the most interesting musicians of the Bay Area scene, Johnston is involved in the best new jazz and creative music coming from the West Coast of the United States. Fred Frith, the members of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, and pianist Myra Melford have been some of his partners, and this curricular information only gives an idea of his accomplishments. Johnston is also very active as a composer for dance companies, and that kind of vision is sensed in “The Edge of the Forest”. With companions like Ben Goldberg, Sheldon Brown, Devin Hoff and Smith Dobson V (also accordionist Rob Reich on one track), this new album offers a project in which the compositional work is developed in order to ignite improvisation of the finest order. But if the written part of these tunes is functional, the beauty we perceive is immediately suggested by the melodies. Some have an introspective, meditative configuration, almost like sound-scapes; others are blasts of energy, with argumentative and eloquent solos. You can't find more refreshing music than this."
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